Fletcher Cox: No extra pressure on me this season

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It looked for a moment like defensive tackle Fletcher Cox might be leaving the Eagles this offseason.

Cox was released so the team could avoid an $18 million guarantee for the 2022 season and he heard from other teams, but wound up back with the Eagles on a one-year, $14 million deal a few days later. The one-year deal offers no security beyond this season and the Eagles drafted defensive tackle Jordan Davis in the first round of this year’s draft, so some might wonder if Cox feels like he has something extra to prove to the team this season.

His answer was that he’s still approaching things the same way as he has throughout his decade in Philly.

“There’s no extra pressure on me,” Cox said, via EJ Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I still train the way I train in the offseason. I still carry myself the same way. I’ve been here for 10 years. The team knows what to expect. They know I’m a hard worker; they know I’m a leader. They know I’m going to show up on Sundays. . . . I don’t get too much into the one-year deal thing.”

The prospect of Davis moving into the lead role on the interior of the defensive line hasn’t stopped Cox from playing mentor either. Cox said that he’s “trying to teach him to be a pro, how to practice, and how to handle certain situations” and the Eagles will be grateful if that helps turn Davis into the kind of player that Cox has been throughout his Eagles tenure.

7 responses to “Fletcher Cox: No extra pressure on me this season

  1. Cox has been a great player for the Iggles but he slowed down significantly last season. I suspect this will be his last year unless he has a huge bounce back season. I suspect he was brought back as much for his leadership and what he can teach the youung’uns as for his production. Hope it works out for both him and the team.

  2. Fletch has been a linchpin of that defense for a long time. Helped win a SB. He’s got nothing to prove.

  3. domefieldadvantage says:
    June 9, 2022 at 8:46 am
    Cox has been a great player for the Iggles but he slowed down significantly last season. I suspect this will be his last year unless he has a huge bounce back season. I suspect he was brought back as much for his leadership and what he can teach the youung’uns as for his production. Hope it works out for both him and the team.

    The new scheme used by Gannon was largely Fletchers issues. It has been documented that Cox was unhappy with th way he was being used.

  4. I wouldn’t be shocked if Cox has a bit of a resurgence this season, assuming Jordan Davis gets the expected attention while they’re both out there.

  5. As long as Gannon lets him play his game unlike last year, Cox will be dominant as he always has been

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